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Open Biosystems to Distribute Kreatech Labeling Systems in the US

NEW YORK, July 5 (GenomeWeb News) - Open Biosystems will exclusively distribute Kreatech Biotechnology's ULS nucleic acid and protein labeling technology in the United States, the companies said today.

 

Kreatech's ULS (Universal Linkage System) enables the attachment of a variety of labels directly to DNA, RNA, and proteins, the company said.

 

Alex Altink, Kreatech's CEO, said in a statement that the Amsterdam-based company intends to further expand its distribution network in Europe and Asia in the next few months.

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